Saturday, December 29, 2007

Fun With The Suns

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For Christmas Chris & I received four tickets to the Suns game last night. Not just any kind of ticket either. Our seats were in the sixth row! We shared the wealth my brother Ryan and his wife Danae.

It was a great game. Much closer than it should've been considering who they were playing. But in typical suns fashion it came down to the last few minutes.



There was this referee last night that was just horrible. Not only was he making awful calls but he called a foul against the clippers with 1.8 seconds left. The suns at this point were up by 8 or 10 so it was just a crazy time to call a foul. You could see a few of the players mouthing, "there's only 1.8 seconds left!" Anyway Ryan had no problem yelling at the referee. And really you have to when your in the sixth row :-) I wonder how Danae felt about this...



Ryan actually had us laughing a couple of times. We had the most annoying fans sitting in the row behind us and a few seats over. I don't want to sound mean but there really is no other way to describe them. Not Suns fans either, clipper fans. College aged, girl clipper fans, with the high piercing screams and all. They yelled at everything! From the beginning of the game all the way to the end. At one point Ryan turns to us and said, "They do realize who it is there cheering for right? It's the CLIPPERS, they've done nothing all year." That's probably one of those, you have to be there to think it's funny, but it had us laughing! And hey we won after all... they weren't yelling then :-) Thanks twentyfour:seven creative team for great gift!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Birth of a Savior, The Death of a Saint

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1 Corinthians 15:12-23

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.

These verses have brought me so much comfort this past week. Chris and I were up late talking last week and I was sharing with him some of the struggles I have related to death. I made the comment about how everything I believe and put my faith into is in God's word. Which is kind of a no duh I realize but particularly when a loved one passes the only comfort I have is in God's word and I wouldn't know what to do if it wasn't true. Chris took me to 1 Corinthians and read the above verses to me. See the Corinthians struggled with the resurrection of the dead so Paul made it very clear that IN FACT Christ has been raised from the dead and those in him will be as well. Those three words, but in fact, comfort my anxious heart. I can know for a fact that Christ was raised from the dead, not just as a spirit but body as well and that I too with my loved ones who believe in the Gospel will also be raised again with him!

A few days later our Sr. Pastor preached the most amazing
sermon from these verses on Sunday morning entitled, The Birth of a Savior and The Death of a Saint. It was by far the most impactful message I've heard on death and Heaven! I sat in the front row with Chris and cried through the entire thing. I'm sure that was encouraging for Rich :-)

Yesterday was Joneen's memorial service. Chris and I had the honor of playing music. As I stood up there playing piano while people walked in, I was well aware of the impact she had on so many. At one point I looked back and there were probably at least a hundred people in line waiting to get in. I realized I better start finding some new songs to play because it could be awhile before everyone found a seat! Someone pointed this out to my dad yesterday and I couldn't agree more. See 25 years ago Joneen quit her job as a nurse and became a wife and stay at home mother. I know I can often be tempted to think how staying at home with my three can make an impact in the kingdom. Well I saw yesterday how it could. Joneen was a faithful mother to three, served her church with passion and without reservation for 25 years and on the day of her memorial hundreds and hundreds of people piled in to thank God for the gift of her life! Oh I pray that my life could have that same kind of impact on others. I pray that my children would be sitting there at my memorial service as believers in the Lord with their Christians husbands (or wife in Trev's case) leading their families in the way of the Lord. And by God's grace alone he will use me to make his will come to pass.

It has been a sobering week indeed.

Chris and I closed the service singing Happy Day. I know what your thinking, you did what? That was my first thought but it was what was requested of us and one of Joneen's favorites. Once the time came for the song I thought it was so appropriate to rejoice in the fact that she was with her Savior face to face because he washed her sins away! Here are the words to the song by Tim Hughes.

The greatest day in history, Death is beaten
You have rescued me
Sing it out Jesus is alive
The empty cross, The empty grave
Life eternal You have won the day
Shout it out Jesus is alive
He's alive

Oh happy day, happy day
You washed my sin away
Oh happy day, happy day
I'll never be the same
Forever I am changed

When I stand, in that place
Free at last, meeting face to face
I am Yours Jesus You are mine
Endless joy, perfect peace
Earthly pain finally will cease
Celebrate Jesus is alive
He's alive




Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

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I hope everyone has a wonderful day celebrating the birth of our Savior! Thank you Lord for coming to the earth to die in my place for my sins. The gospel is truly the greatest gift I could ever receive.

Here's the picture on our Christmas card. If you find our card on your friends refrigerator but not yours don't take it personally. More than likely it's still sitting with the big stack on my counter! With the events of the last week Christmas cards were one of the things that I just had to let go. So look for it in the mail in the new year :-)


Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

When it Rains it Pours

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Styrofoam pieces that is. My kids have had a hard time getting their hands around what was happening this week. Pretty much since Monday night they have had non-stop babysitters. And when I was home, I was getting ready for the next babysitter. So it's early Thursday morning and Chris gets a phone call and goes back to our bedroom. I eventually follow him in. We both come out crying and quickly getting ready to go to the hospital again and walk out to this:

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If you've never had the privilege of trying to pick up tiny Styrofoam pieces- it's near impossible. It's full of static so every time I'd sweep it would just blow around in circles. For the kids to clean up the only way was to throw them in the bath... to which there's still some in there. Thankfully my vacuum's suction part took care of the rest. We are still finding random pieces here and there and probably will for awhile. But hey at least the kids can say they saw snow this winter!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Hope of Heaven

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A dear family friend, also being my brother's mother in law, went to be with the Lord yesterday. The hope of heaven once again becomes something real and greatly anticipated. Pray for the family.

"Think, Christian believer, of seeing your Savior, and beholding your King in His beauty. Faith will be at last swallowed up in sight and hope in certainty. Think of the many loved ones gone before you and of the happy meeting between you and them. You are not going to a foreign country; you are going home. You are not going to dwell amongst strangers, but amongst friends. You will find them all safe, all well, all ready to greet you, all prepared to join in one unbroken song of praise. Then let us take comfort and persevere. With such prospects before us, we may well cry, “It is worth while to be a Christian!” JC Ryle

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Holiday Fun

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Friday night my parents and I took the kids to the holiday kickoff at Scottsdale's McCormick train park. Chris had a work obligation so I talked my parents into going there with us. Upon arrival there was a live band playing Christmas music, then we counted down from 10 and the Christmas tree was lit. As we were admiring the tree the train came around the corner with Santa, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Clifford, Barney etc. and they all got off to greet the kids. You would've thought we were at Disneyland with how excited Taylor and Trevor were! At that point my dad graciously stood in line for almost an hour for the train while the kids played around the area. Finally it was our turn to take a ride. I have to say I was quite impressed by the light display! At one point as you come out of the tunnel you were greeted by snow (by a machine of course, this is the desert). So far it's become one of my favorite things to do this Christmas. For you locals I thought it was up there with Zoo lights but much cheaper! As we rode the train throughout the spectacular light display Taylor sat by nana and squealed over and over with delight, Trevor rode with his eyes wide and Rylee was bundled up in a blanket in Papa's arms. It was a sweet moment. Here's some pictures from the night.


My Aunt Susan and her grandaughter (the kids 2nd cousin) met us there





Thank you so much Dad & Mom for making this night possible!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Just had to join in the elfin fun

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My three elves

Jon Troast- Taylor's First Concert

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Last night Taylor went to her first concert. We took her to see the man who sings her favorite song, Was It Ever Really Mine. Jon Troast came to the Lambros house and sang in their living room. No joke! We stumbled upon Jon's music from our friend Luz this summer and have been listening to him ever since. He has a great sound and writes wonderful creative lyrics. I can now also say he sounds just as good live as he does on recording.

When I told Taylor yesterday where I was taking her, after her excitement died down, she asked if she could bring her money. I said sure and asked her why? She replied, you know to put a dollar in his jar. Too cute. Well sure enough while he played her favorite song she got the dollar out and when he was done she brought it over to Sussy who was collecting money earlier for admission. I don't know where she got that from!

Thanks Luz and Andrea for making this happen and thanks Jon Troast for coming out to rainy AZ. I look forward to the new cd's coming out in the spring.

You can read a little more about Jon and hear some songs at www.jontroast.com.

**image taken from Jon's website

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Taylor's Cottage Fair

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Last night was an open house at Taylor's school. My parents came along at the last
minuted and joined us for the fun. We got to walk through her classroom and she showed us all that she'd been working on this quarter. This school just excels in creativity and hands on activities. They don't talk about how other countries celebrate the holidays. No they travel with passports and all. The past couple of weeks their classroom has changed into various places and the kids have learned and created new things associated with that place. Lanterns for China, boots for Holland and trip to the North pole where the kids came in wearing hats, mittens, jackets etc.



Aren't they sweet and don't you just love the new boots my parents gave Taylor as an early Christmas present?


Taylor standing behind some of her creations for the farm animal unit they did in the beginning of the quarter.



While standing out in the hallway looking at Tay's work I saw Trevor off in the corner talking to some kid. I went to tell him we were leaving and he said "Wait mom I'm showing my friend my work". It was a random kid and he was showing him his sister's tradition creation calling it his school work!


After we walked her classroom we took the kids out for ice cream. It was a fun rainy night!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Treasure The Word Promo

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Today we began pre-ordering for the memory verse cd that will be out next week. It's been so much fun being apart of this project and we can't wait to share it with you all! You can take a listen to a few of the songs that my husband put together for this mornings announcement. And yes that is my precious daughter singing the last song!

If you attend our church you can purchase a CD at our bookstore. All others can contact our church through the website to purchase your copy. The cost is only $5 and will make for a great present or stocking stuffer :-) I can attest to what a help putting scripture to music aides in memorization for both kids and adults alike! Our family now has 13 key verses of Ephesians down pat! I used Taylor's picture as a place holder for the song in imovie so I could put the mp3 up... so sorry you have to look at her cute face during the promo :-)
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Thursday, December 06, 2007

How To Make Daukas plural

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Guess I need to teach how to make something that already has an "s" plural pretty quickly...

Here's a cute picture Taylor gave me yesterday... note her efforts.

Mmm, Cheese

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Did I mention I have another toddler on my hands? Last night while we were cleaning up dinner, Rylee apparently decided she didn't get enough. She climbed onto the chair, the top of the table got a 1 lb bag of cheese, sat back down on the chair and dumped the entire bag all over herself and began chomping down. I knew it wasn't good when I heard Chris yell... Tara get the camera!

A top view...



Mmm... cheese



a little cheese stuck to the chin..

Monday, December 03, 2007

Rylee Update

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It's been awhile since I've posted an update on Rylee. As she nears 16 months her personality seems to grow daily. She is fast one. Walking, running, climbing, she's quick and if I'm not careful I could lose her in a flash. I actually did lose her a few weeks ago. It was after life 101 at our church and I set her down because she was begging to get to the baby in the stroller at my feet. She got down and began to play with the baby while I engaged in a conversation. Well within a matter of a minute I looked down and she was gone without a sound. I'm not really a freak out person. I stay pretty calm but after 5 minutes of not finding her I started to freak... men were outside walking our pitch dark campus, others in bathrooms etc. Chris, still thinking clearly, remembered how much she loves the stairs in the lobby. So he walked up,turned the corner and sure enough all the way down the hall, there she was laughing and playing in Rich's office (our sr. pastor). So needles to say I've kept a tighter leash on her these days :-)

She loves to play with her brother and sister. Calling them by name now, tata and tevor. She'll chase them, laugh and as of last week, if one of them tries to take something from her, she'll push em. That's right I've got another full blown, tantrum's and all toddler on my hands. It's hard not to laugh though... you'll take something from her or say No to her and she'll just burst out into the biggest cry fit like her world is over :-) I think she is preparing to be dramatic like her sister!

Her langugae ability continues to take off as well. She'll say cheese for the camera, night, night at bedtime and her favorite word is cracka, accent on the ah sound in a real high pitch voice. She'll walk around the house saying, cracka, cracka! She loves books, music and talking on the phone.

She eats like nobody's business too. I'm always amazed at how much she can eat being just a little thing! But after two fairly poor eaters I enjoy cooking for her. She'll eat anything I make.

So we love our Rylee and are enjoying her like crazy! Enjoying every moment as time continues to fly by past us!